Droupadi Murmu, who has been picked by NDA for the presidential elections, filed her nomination today in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday. Murmu was also accompanied by union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal, BJP president J P Nadda and several chief ministers including Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Manohar Lal Khattar, B S Bommai, Bhupendra Patel, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Pramod Sawant and N Biren Singh.
After filing her nomination papers, Murmu spoke with Congress interim-President Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and NCP chief Sharad Pawar seeking their party’s support for her candidature in the Presidential elections, reported news agency ANI. According to sources, Banerjee wished all the best and told her that she would consult the party on her support.
LEADERS EXTEND SUPPORT
Besides the NDA leaders, YSR Congress’ V Vijaysai Reddy and BJD leader Sasmit Patra, who are not part of the alliance, were also in Parliament to back her nomination.
AIADMK leader O Paneerselvam and M Thambidurai, JD-U’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh also reached Parliament early.
Every set of nomination has to have 50 proposers and 50 seconders among elected representatives.
Murmu, if elected, will be the first tribal president and the second woman in the post. She will also be the youngest president ever, second only to N Sanjeeva Reddy, who was a few days elder to her when he became the President.
(With PTI inputs)